The Ultimate Guide to Spanish Folk (Arc Music, 2013)
This compilation of Spanish folk music was put together by the Mundofonías team, Juan Antonio Vázquez and Araceli Tzigane. Juan Antonio and Araceli are well known in the Spanish world music and folk music scenes because of their national and international radio shows and their committed involvement in the promotion of Spanish and Portuguese traditional and contemporary folk music acts.
The Spanish folk music scene is too large to reduce it to one CD. However, Juan Antonio and Araceli have done a great job by selecting some of the best current talent. The Ultimate Guide to Spanish Folk features performers from practically every Spanish region (known as autonomous communities in Spain) as well as Sephardic music.
Most of the artists featured are practically unknown outside of Spain except for Mercedes Peon, Ana Alcaide and handful of others. Listeners will be able to sample the intriguing folk music sounds of lesser known regions of Spain.
As usual, every compilation has its highlights. Album favorites include multi-instrumentalists and innovators Mercedes Peon and Eliseo Parra, Sephardic music sensation Ana Alcaide, El Naán’s Afroiberian fusion, the mesmeric Medieval/Celtic music of Doa, the fascinating vocal and percussion ode to gazpacho by Manu Sequera, and the evocative Andalusian folk of La Jambre.
The following videos are by artists mentioned above:
1. Isue – Mercedes Peon
2. Ven a veme – Anabel Santiago
3. Afroiberia – El Naán
4. El gazpacho – Manu Sequera
5. Transits II – Enric Pastor
6. La tia canaria – Jose Antonio Ramos Diaz
7. Neskato gazte tronpatia – Aintzina
8. Despertadera – Luis Miguel Bajen
9. Quisiera entrar en tu cuarto – Javier Lopez Jato
10. Tonadas – Viguela
11. El rio de Alejandria La Jambre
12. Tanye la kemane – Xurxo Fernandes 4:29
13. Primavera – Miquel Gil
14. Un somni en dos actes – Marina Rossell
15. Levou-se a fremosa – DOA
16. La cantiga del fuego ~ El viaje – Ana Alcaide
17. La llave de la alegria – Eliseo Parra
18. Coiroos 86 – Pan de Capazo
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.